So when do you know what direction to go? It’s like the sign is in another language and whichever decision you make leads very different paths... well in the distance I see the destination and it looks like it’s only up from here. #noemojifacefitsthisfeeling
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Camping season is the best season 🏕 Tag your adventure buddy!
Photo by @theanthonycastro
A few months ago, I finally sat down and thought about what exactly I wanted my life to look like. Not what society expects it to be, not what I was taught as the “right” path to go down, but a life that brings ME the most joy, passion and meaning. A life that pushes me out of bed in the morning, charged with purpose and an insatiable desire to reach my full potential – at which point I could positively impact the world around me.
FINDING MY PURPOSE has made me a more driven, motivated and confident person than I ever thought possible at my age, and I want to share how I got here with you guys… which is why I’ve made an entire video dedicated to finding your purpose in 4 simple steps.
Following these steps has completely transformed my life, and I know that they can for you too if you give it a shot. ✨➡️ My video is going live at 1 PM TODAY, so set your alarm people!!!! 🙌🏼 Link will be in my bio!
Taking care of our public lands requires a delicate balance. September is National Public Lands month, and I am about to share with you some ways that you can get involved in advocating for these places. This week, friends and colleagues are in DC for the annual Climb The Hill event. Some of them are probably people that you follow, and I know from having been in DC, they cannot shoulder the work alone. I often get asked about advocacy and where to get started. There is no doubt that our public lands system is complicated, especially right now, but there is one thing that we can all do and should be doing, and that’s contacting our lawmakers. In fact, doing this is actually quite simple.
There are a bunch of bills that the people from @accessfund and @americanalpine are lobbying on this week and they include the RNR Act, the SOAR act and the CORE act. There are other issues on the table as well including the Antiquities Act, funding for the LWCF, and protecting the Arctic Refuge. So, how do you stay up to date? How do you contact lawmakers? How do you advocate for these places? You can start by signing up for mailing lists from the following orgs that I use, trust, and support which include @accessfund, @outdooralliance, @wildernesssociety@protectwildutah. You can also call or write your Reps and Senators. These are the people who will ultimately make the decision on funding and protections for our public lands. WE THE PEOPLE put them into power, and WE have the power to hold them accountable for what happens to these places.
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There’s something about getting older that can wake a woman up to her own power within. ⠀
When I was a little girl, The Wizard of Oz was my favorite movie. My grandma used to sing Somewhere Over the Rainbow to me all the time. I still get teary eyed when I hear it. When my Grandma was 79 we got bluebird tattoos to commemorate the song and what it means to us.⠀
My whole life I was always searching for my “no place like home” kinda place. What I learned in my 30’s was that home is not a place. It’s a feeling. A place that I can go within myself. ⠀ ⠀
I had the power all along...⠀
Stay tuned for my full post on the greatest lessons I learned in my 30’s.
A visit to Hoa Lo Prison Memorial was a lesson in history and perspective.
Originally built by the French and used as a prison for revolutionary Vietnamese who wanted the colonizers out of their home, the torture and abuse that went down here is shocking. .
And then eventually sometime during the war, the prison came under Vietnamese control and was used to hold captured POWs. John McCain was held captive for nearly five years. And again, the torture and abuse was unparalleled.
When wandering these walls, you can feel the negative energy. The history lesson presented by the Vietnamese government mentions graphically the abuse from the French to the Vietnamese. Understandably, a terrible and oppressive time in Vietnamese history.
The small section detailing the history of the POWs held in the prison however, only seemed to mention their bios, how comfortable they were and their ability to celebrate Christmas while held captive. .
It made me wonder, what lessons in America present only selective truths? A lot more than we probably realize (how much do you know about agent orange or the secret war in Laos?). .
My visit to the prison was a stark reminder that history is written from the perspective of the winners, and that nearly everything we learn is biased in some degree.
Especially in today’s political climate, it’s so important to be active learners, to trust but verify, to use fact and not feeling when forming a stance. For the good of all ✨
You don't want to work
You want to live like a king
But the big, bad world
Doesn't owe you a thing
3 781 hour ago
CDT Days 121-126 (Leadore to Darby)
Smackdown and I hike the morning miles to Bannock Pass where Sam (the owner of the Leadore Inn) picks us up at 9am. He’s been properly deemed “The Dude” by other hikers and we quickly notice the resemblance - from how absolutely chill he is to his glasses and socks/sandals combo. We have an absolute blast in town from start to finish (great town food, awesome conversations with Sam and other hikers, live music, and more!). ➰
We spend too much time in town when we should be hiking. We drink beer and eat sub sandwiches while we chat with Sam on his porch. Eventually the bubble of hikers get a ride back to the trail but we don’t make it very far down the trail before we decide to set up camp. The next few days that follow aren’t very memorable. We put in big mileage and Smackdown has a broken pack/his shoes are absolutely destroyed. ➿
We realize that we have to make it to Darby before the post office closes since Smackdown is expecting a new pack (it’s Friday and they only allow package pick up on Saturdays). We all wake up at 3:30am and start hiking the 22+ mile trek (with substantial elevation gain) in hopes of getting a hitch into town in time. It’s humid and uncomfortable. As the sun rises we notice the unforgiving sky and soon the wind hits us with rain as we try to climb. We make it to the road and attempt to hitch in a hail and thunderstorm. A kind couple allows 5 of us to cram ourselves into the bed of their truck and they drive us the 30+ minutes into Darby. Smackdown gets his new pack just before the post office closes, we get amazing food, and end the night hanging out in a hotel room while doing chores and watching American Ninja Warrior.
Woman I’ve never met: “I know you!”
Her: ..... “Ireland. Blarney Castle. I remember you.”
Me: 🤯💥🤯 #whatkindofsorceryisthis
Yesterday a women in Minneapolis recognized me from my Ireland trip back in April and I literally thought my brain exploded. Still not over it so here’s a little throwback to Blarney Castle.
"I'm nervous" "Why? You got this!"
"I've never done this before. What if it's too hard what if I cant do it?"
"You can do it." I can. I did. And it was so worth it. It's always worth it to push outside your comfort zone.
Yesterday’s dusting of snow on the mountain means we’re one step closer to Wy’east climbing (and skiing!) season 😍 This mountain has consistently been a place of growth, progress, and learning for me. Looking forward to what this upcoming season will bring.
————————————————— #tbt to an Earth Day sunrise climb this past April
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Late summer/ early fall fungi magic on the forest floor 🍄🌿✨
I believe they are brick tops, fly agaric, chanterelles, red belted polypore, fading scarlet waxy cap and the rest I’m still trying to identify. Would love to hear if anyone knows what they are!
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Recently, there's been a lot of talk about social media being bad for your mental health and while I do agree that it can be very harmful in certain situations, I also think that it can be a really good creative outlet, motivational space and positively hilarious if used correctly. I used to be one of those people obsessively scrolling for hours without purpose and of course that made me feel sad and even at times jealous (I'm not proud of that) Since I started creating rules for my social media time I felt significantly better and happier and I thought I would share some tips:
1. Never ever ever ever go on your phone first thing in the morning! This is a crucial one and I know, since I used to do that, how de-motivating it can be to start your day by looking at other people's lives. Instead, what I started doing is not even touch my phone until I'm going out of the house and open social media accounts when I get to work (which would be 2 hours after I have woken up)
2. If you are going to the gym or for a run or doing any physical activity, leave your phone at home. You can only take it with you if you need it for music but don't open any other apps.
3. Unfollow every single person that makes you feel bad or unhappy. If that is someone you know personally and you feel uncomfortable unfollowing them, you can always mute their account.
4. Use social media to show your passions and connect with people who have the same interests as you . Social media can be an awesome tool to connect with people who are similar to you. You can build a community of like-minded individuals or even a career with enough perseverance.
5. Don't take everything so seriously and NEVER fight with someone because you don't agree with their opinion. This is a total waste of your precious time.
Macetitas coloridas, Jardines coloridos!
Colaboración con #clay ✨☀️
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Se viene la primavera!
Macetitas coloridas! 💗
1 32 hours ago
Blue hour in the dolomites will always be my favorite..🌾
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Stay wild flower child ✌🏻
Visited edwards gardens a couple weeks ago and it was magical!
What’s your favourite flower? 🌼
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🎼It's my life
It's now or never
I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to live while I'm alive
(It's my life)🎶
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said
I did it my way
I just want to live while I'm alive
It's my life🎵
Pakistan is known for its Untouched, raw beauty.
But the recent influx of domestic and foreign tourists has raised an alarming situation in the country.
With the rise in tousists, we see a rise in terminal illnesses.
You ask why?
Lack of responsible tourism and Yes, we are to be blamed.
We visit these mesmerizing tourist spots and leave behind our trails, not in a good way ofcourse.
Heaps of food and plastic waste is seen thrown on roadsides, and in the forests and rivers of this beautiful country resulting in the waste being casually fed by animals and sealife resulting in them ending up in our food chain.
Its time to speak up and take action.
I stand with Hoga Saaf Pakistan in taking not just responsible tourism but keeping Pakistan and clean and green initiative forward.
We not only urge the government to take action but are eager to reach out to the masses to promote clean Pakistan.
Show your support by posting pictures of clean and green Pakistan to Win a FREE trip to Swat. @hoga.saaf.pakistan in collaboration with @findmyadventurepk presents #MeraSaafPakistan contest.
Here's how you can participate:
1. Share a picture of your clean and beautiful Pakistan.
We spent last weekend at a secluded campsite on Kinbasket Lake in British Columbia. The lake is 260km long and its shore is dotted with campsites the whole way down. Usually you won’t have anyone else within eyesight which meant that Mowgli and Mouse got to do all kinds of exploring (I only let them out off-leash when we’re off the beaten path). It always makes me happy to see them out in a natural habitat sniffing and hunting, but I also watch them like a hawk and breathe a big sigh of relief once they’re back safely inside the RV. They’ll never truly understand the adventure that they’re on, but photos like this documenting our travels will be something I’ll treasure for the rest of my life 🥰
There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be. 🌅 ➳ Lennon & McCartney #sunrise
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No matter how rocky things get, decide right now that you are enough. You have everything within you to overcome and heal from whatever it might be.
Don’t forget that.
(Note to self really, because I forget this quite often...) #mindovereverything ✨
3 853 hours ago
True beauty for me is looking beyond what you’ve told is beautiful and recognizing what makes you unique.
As I walked through the brush to get a picture, it kicked up a smell reminded me of the Arizona desert. A love when little reminders of home sneak up on me when I least expect it. You are never far from home even when you feel a world away.
Although it's hard for me to let go of summer, the transition from summer to fall is one of my favorites. The cooler air makes for perfect adventure temps and I'm spoiled with world-class leaf-peeping right out my backdoor (if I don't miss all the changes this year while I'm over here in Australia!).
I also really love dressing for fall. I love wearing flannels and sweaters and my favorite fall boots! The style I'm rocking in this post is called the Dalton from @bionicashoes. They are super comfy/lightweight boots and the red laces really make them pop. I've been wearing @bionicashoes shoes for almost 2 years now and continue to LOVE the styles they put out each season. What's your favorite part about the transition from summer to fall? #bionicashoes#bionicapartner (photo by @photograferg )
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Just a girl, sitting on a dock, wanting to swim over to that beach 😍
A fun fact about me is that I spent my life in the water! I swam competitively, taught swimming lessons, lifeguarded, and even played water polo in high school! I can still tread water for hours, and I guess it’s a pretty useful life skill 🤷🏼♀️! I used to be able to swim 50yd in less than 30 seconds, 100yd in slightly over a minute, but I’m definitely not as quick as I once was 🙈😂 I also played softball (2nd base), twirled baton competitively, and took dance lessons! You could say I was a busy kid, but swim was my favorite!
TELL ME: Can you swim? What sports did you do as a child?
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Vernazza, Riomaggiore, & Manarola are all part of a small coastal stretch in Italy known as Cinque Terre. Each town is equally as charming, and you can even hike between them! I visited in November so it was incredibly tranquil compared to the mayhem of peak tourist season. If you are ever in Italy, this is a stop you won’t want to miss! 🌼🧡
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✨NEW BLOG: The Perfect Oregon Road Trip: Your itinerary to the best natural hot springs, waterfalls and photography spots!✨ Click the link in my bio to check it out, or visit: bit.ly/oregon-roadtrip
I poured my heart and soul into planning this 3-day itinerary to Oregon's best interior beauty and am so excited to share it with y'all in this blog post. ⠀
Here's what you'll find in this blog post:
🗺 My exact Google map route to each location
🔥 Three stunningly gorgeous natural hot springs
💦 Three unique and beautiful waterfalls you can hike down to
📷 A handful of my other favorite photography viewpoints along the way
⛺️ Recommendations on where to camp so you can arrive at the busier spots early, to beat the crowds
Check out the blog and if you have any questions, just leave me a comment below! 👇
While the beach life has been nice the last 10 days I am soooooo excited to be back in the mountains here on the South Island of New Zealand! Can’t wait to lace up my hiking boots 😆 (photo by @evan_soroka)
Wow, time flies when you are having fun! I can’t believe that we are on our way to the airport to fly to New Zealand already and this is the first picture of Australia I’m posting!
The main reason for this mission across the ocean was for my boyfriend @photograferg to visit is family over here but we couldn’t fly so far away without doing a little exploring for ourselves.
We started our Australia trip exploring #vanlife style with our @jucyworld camper van which gave us so much freedom to be flexible with our plans and explore the coastline between Noosa and Byron Bay.
Exploring via camper van is my favorite way to see the world because you have everything you need with you all the time and you can change your mind on the drop of a dime (which is awesome if weather changes or if you learn of some new spot along the way).
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @jucyworld campers are available in a few different countries now and if you want to try one out for yourself feel free to use the discount code “Insta10” for 10% off your booking! #jucyworld (photo by @photograferg )
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She chased the thrill of living outside of her comfort zone, it was where she learned the most, grew the most, and found out what she was really capable of. @natawhee7 in Colorado 📷: @donutworry___#likeamountaingirl
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